From PMO to Portfolio Management

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I’m currently working in a PMO, supporting a large program. I’d like to move into a portfolio PMO in the next few years and want advice on what I should be doing to make this a reality. What is Portfolio Management? The link between an organisation’s strategy and how that strategy is delivered is commonly …

Blue Box Benefits

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All projects seek to deliver a product, or deliverables – this could be anything, ranging from a new database, to a new warehouse, to a new IT system. In the video below, Eileen talks of her ‘Blue Box’ diagram, which seeks to provide a clear understanding of what project management is there to deliver. Eileen …

Are you a Chicken Sponsor or a Pig Sponsor?

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A number of years ago I was told the analogy of the chicken and the pig and their input to the full English breakfast.  Both were involved – the chicken contributes but the pig is fully committed.  I’ll give you a minute to work that through . . . In similar guises, I now use …

Get a Taste of P3O!

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The Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) Certifications from AXELOS are the most popular qualifications in the UK for people working within or leading a PMO function. Many PMOs operating today have adopted the P3O® model. There are currently 2 available P3O® Certifications: Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) Foundation Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices …

How Can P3O Help Your Organisation?

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Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O) guidance from AXELOS continues to be the most popular certification based course, certainly in the UK. We often get asked about who the courses are suitable for – and the short answer is anyone who has an interest in PMO – so that could be because you work in …

Exploring Intangible Benefits

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Here at PMO Learning, we are only a few weeks away from our Benefits Management course, running on the 15th December. This course always raises some great discussion points, particularly around what we recognise as ‘benefits’ in different organisations, and how they are valued. When we think of benefits in our organisation, what do we …

Getting the Investment for a PMO

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In the popular PMO course – Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O) Foundation, there is a whole section which looks at how to gain investment for a PMO. It’s one of those frequent challenges that many organisations face; how do we know we really need a PMO, and will it be worth the investment? In …

Product Breakdown Diagrams with PMO Learning

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When working in a PMO, we often come across Product Breakdown Diagrams (PBD), a document which seeks to establish the components which will comprise to form the final project product. A simple way to understand Product Breakdown Diagrams is as the shopping list for the project – what items do we need to deliver the …